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“…President Obama took advantage of a Senate recess Wednesday to appoint Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs, but the president’s decision to bypass the confirmation process infuriated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell said Obama intended to “arrogantly circumvent the American people” by sneaking through Berwick while the Senate is on a July 4 break. Obama also made two other recess appointments — meaning the three nominees can serve in the administration through 2011 without Senate confirmation.

Berwick, a patient care specialist and professor of pediatrics at Harvard’s School of Public Health, was nominated as director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services in April. But no confirmation hearings have been held or even scheduled in the Senate.  …”

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“…President Barack Obama bypassed the Senate Wednesday and appointed Dr. Donald Berwick, a Harvard professor and patient care specialist, to run Medicare and Medicaid.

The decision to use a so-called recess appointment to install Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services drew immediate fire from the GOP. Republicans have raised concerns about Berwick’s views on rationing of care and other matters and said it was wrong for Obama to go around the normal Senate confirmation process. That view was echoed by a key Democratic committee chairman, although the recess appointment is a tool used by presidents of both parties. …”

 Welcome to the IHI Open School: Dr. Don Berwick, IHI President and CEO

Donald M. Berwick

“…Donald M. Berwick (born in 1946 in New York City, and raised in Moodus, Connecticut) is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)[1], a not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. On July 7, 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through a “recess” appointment.[2]

Berwick has studied the management of health care systems, with emphasis on using scientific methods and evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research to improve the tradeoff among quality, safety and costs.[3] Among IHI’s projects are online courses for health care professionals for reducing Clostridium difficile infections, lowering the number of heart failure readmissions or managing advanced disease and palliative care.[4]

Berwick’s critics have cited his statements about the need for health care to redistribute resources from the rich to the poor, and his favorable statements about the British health care systems (which they accuse of rationing care and “death panels”). They quote Berwick as saying, “It’s not a question of whether we will ration care. It is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” They point to statements such as, “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”[5][6]

Berwick is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health[7]. He is also a pediatrician, Adjunct Staff in the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, and a Consultant in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. …”

Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, Founder, President and CEO

of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

  “…Dr. Donald Berwick is one of America’s leading patient safety advocates. A clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Berwick is the founder, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). For more than 20 years, he has been a positive force for health care quality improvements and a champion of transparency within the health care system. Dr. Berwick’s decades-long crusade has earned him a knighthood from the Queen of England, and he has been ranked as the third most powerful American in health care – behind Bill Gates and ahead of President Bush. …”

Obama plans recess appointment of Medicare-Medicaid chief

Dr. Donald Berwick will bypass the confirmation process — and any effort by Senate Republicans to stall it. The GOP decries the move and the idea of rationed care.

“…Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused the administration of sneaking Berwick through, calling the recess appointment and the lack of a confirmation hearing “truly outrageous.”

“As if shoving a trillion-dollar government takeover of healthcare down the throat of a disapproving American public wasn’t enough, apparently the Obama administration intends to arrogantly circumvent the American people yet again by recess-appointing one of the most prominent advocates of rationed healthcare to implement their national plan,” McConnell said in a statement.

The new law strives to make Medicare more efficient as well as dramatically expand Medicaid, the joint state-federal insurance program for the poor.

Approximately 47 million people are enrolled in Medicare, and 58 million people are enrolled in Medicaid.

Berwick, 63, is a leading advocate of expanding research into the comparative effectiveness of various medical treatments, a major focus of the new healthcare law that many experts think is crucial to improve the quality of care that Americans receive and cut waste in the system. …”

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